Having fun putting in a kissing gate in Winterslow!
Local people worked with South Wiltshire Walks Group to install this kissing gate in Winterslow.
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Jane Tier (Clerk)
My name is Jane Tier and I am the Parish Clerk for Winterslow Parish Council.
I have been Clerk to Winterslow for 10 years and it is a very interesting and varied job!
When I first started it was a very different role to today whereby there was much more involvement by Wiltshire Council in local Parish issues. You could request that gullies were cleared or a pothole repaired and Wiltshire Council attended to it swiftly.
The Localism Act changed the way in which we work and brought more responsibilities to the Parishes with the devolution of services.
My tasks are varied and include:
Preparing the Agendas and minutes
Preparation of Accounts and Bank Reconciliations
Respond to Planning Applications
To act as a conduit for information between Wiltshire Council and the Parish Council
Reporting Highway and Rights of Way issues
Preparation of Annual Budget
Preparation of Annual Accounts
Freedom of Information requests
Purchasing Supplies / Goods / Services
These are main tasks that have to be carried and the most important task of any Clerk is to ensure that the Parish Council are working within the realms of the Law. I am a member of the Society of Local Council Clerks and the National Association of Local Clerks and the Parish Council is a member of the Wiltshire Association of Local Councils; all of these provide essential information on Law and Governance for the Parish Council.
I have obtained my Certificate in Local Council Administration and continue to learn through courses, training and seminars, you can never have too much knowledge!
I moved into the Parish in 1998 with my two children Mike and Kirsty, having purchased a cob cottage Rosemary in the Shripple. The cottage was extended in 2000 in order to accommodate my wife to be Ellen who had lived in the village since 1984, and her three boys James, Andrew and Dan, following our marriage in 2001 at Motisfont Abbey.
2001 was also the year I left the Fire Service, on ill health grounds, having being diagnosed with MS. I had completed nearly 28 years of service, having initial joined in Hampshire and transferring to Wiltshire on promotion in charge of Stratton St Margret Fire Station in Swindon in1987.
I now refer to myself as a “house husband” as I am retired and at the cottage a lot, but Ellen says I’m rubbish at it!! Ellen, following 13 years as a nurse, trained as a chiropodist and now has client all over Salisbury.
My involvement in community matters started in 2007 when I was co-opted onto the Parish Council. This was followed eighteen months later by two years as the Chairman of the Parish Plan Steering Group.
As a councillor I look forward to working hard with my colleagues on the Parish Council to the benefit of the whole community. Specifically my portfolio responsibilities of Chairing the Barr’s Field Sub committee and working with Jane Tier, the PC Clerk, on developing and being responsible for the on going management of a new combined community and PC website.
I have lived in the village for nearly 30 years now and love it. The community spirit is fantastic with lots of events, clubs, groups etc supporting one another and the community as a whole.
I am currently the editor of the Parish Magazine doing both the articles and advertisements. This is great to work on and each month I am always amazed at how much goes on in the village all done by volunteers. This village is brilliant and vibrant.
I become a Parish Councillor in the autumn of 2019. Having got the time, and some energy, I thought it would be great to get involved in some form or another with the work of the PC. What I hadn’t realised was the complexity of the role of the Parish Council so deciding where to put my energies was a bit difficult!
For some years I had noticed that the village pond, at the bottom of Weston Lane, was looking very neglected so when I found out that it came under the auspices of the PC I volunteered to take on the ‘job’ of being overseer of a make over. Being editor of the Parish Magazine has some advantages and I placed a poster from which I had a fantastic response and lo and behold the refurbishment is well underway. Come the autumn bulbs and plants will be in place and, hopefully, a picnic bench so next spring the area will become a place where people can chill out, relax and have a picnic and great for wildlife.
I am very keen on wildlife and having had a dog for some years have been on lots of walks in and around the village. I think since becoming a Parish Councillor I see my role as being wildlife orientated and the conversation of woodland and footpaths as there is a wealth of habitat around Winterslow.
I was born and brought up in Winterslow and attended the local school.
Living on a farm I have worked in the agricultural sector as a mobile engineer, repairing anything mechanical used on farms and more recently concentrating on the farm itself.
I am interested in the Community and often become involved in sorting out problems and helping out where I can. This led me into offering my services and becoming a Parish Councillor.
My specific roles include;
Emergency Snow-plan Co-ordinator
A member of the Footpath Group
A member of the Recreation Ground Maintenance Group
Village Map Group member
I have lived in the village of Winterslow for over 40 years and have been a Parish Councillor for the last twelve years and in 2017 I was elected Vice Chairman.
My wife and I love village life, indeed Myra has been Secretary of the Tennis Court for 25 years. We have two sons who attended the village school and Bishops Wordsworth before going on to University and moving away. I retired from Wiltshire Fire Brigade in 2003 and worked as a Fire Safety Consultant until 2013. However with two grandchildren, regular golf and tennis, a large garden and my parish duties I am as busy as ever.
My duties on the Parish Council include Health & Safety, reporting problems with Highways, Byways and overgrown hedges, and liaising with the Wiltshire Council Parish Steward who visits two days a month. I am a member of the Barry’s Field Sub-Committee and fully involved in the renovation, maintenance and day-to-day management of this valuable Village asset. I also help with other jobs around the village such as maintaining the Recreation ground, the village pond and putting up signage.
Simon has lived in Winterslow since 2005, is married to Carolyn and has two boys, Joshua and Ben have both attended the village school. Simon works locally and has had a keen interest in promoting the village since moving to the area.
In 2007 Simon joined the Parish Council and has been involved with the Recreational Grounds Committee and acted as liaison between Winterslow School and the Parish Council before becoming Chairman in April 2010, he is currently Vice-Chairman since May 2015.
Simon is an active swimmer and runs Salisbury Lifesaving Club and is Chairman of the Wessex Branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society.
He is a qualified first aider, a Community First Responder, Governor at Test Valley School and also helps run Winterslow Youth Zone.
I have lived in Winterslow for 30 years and have been a member of the Parish Council for over 10 years.
My interests include reading, art, U3A, the environment, gardening and family history, to name a few.
I am Winterslow Area Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, and within my Parish Council role, I have special responsibilities to liaise with the local Policing Team. I also attend WC Southern Area Board meetings and the Community Area Transport Group ( CATG) meetings. I am chair of the Footpath Group, as well as a member of the Recreation Ground group. I am involved with the Campus project for the Village Hall and the new Parish Council website, currently being set up.
Having lived in Winterslow for so long, I am very keen to see the character of the village retained, restricting any housing development to small sites that are not going to overwhelm the village.
I feel we are very lucky to have the many facilities and organisations represented in the village and will work to support these to the best of my ability.
I was born in Winterslow and I have lived on Weston Lane all of my life.
I spent all of my school years at Winterslow school, becoming Head Boy, and was one of the last pupils to attend until the age of 16.
On leaving I went straight to work on the family arable farm where I worked for 40 years.
I am married to Patricia and we have two children, Justin and Elizabeth.
My interests are music; singing with my group “The Pathfinders”, sport; supporting “the Saints”, and the Church; attending the Baptist Church on Weston Lane.
I have served on the Parish Council for over 30 years, having also been Chairman.
Currently I am a member of the:
• Recreation Ground group
• Emergency Snow Planning group
• And working on the SIDS Project
For over 70 years, I have enjoyed being involved with many village organisations always with the best of interests of the village at heart.
In the past my family made the ground available for the council houses at Highfield Crescent In 1990 we gave land to the village for the new Village Hall, Carpark and Tennis Court, and also made land available for the Doctors Surgery.
We are proud that we have been able to assist in providing these facilities, in a manner in which we hope to continue.
I moved to Winterslow with my husband and teenage daughters in 2018, having lived and worked in Salisbury for over 30 years. I consider myself lucky to now be living in a thriving village and wanted to support the community by joining the parish council.
I travel abroad regularly for work and pleasure but enjoy walking in our wonderful Wiltshire countryside; local history; theatre and live music; eating out and socialising with friends and family. I am keen to encourage dialogue, share ideas and endorse our neighbourhood parks and facilities - the village shop, school, pavillion, hall, Barry's Fields and particularly the Lord Nelson!
I have been a part of the Winterslow Community for just over 50 years, after moving from the north of county with my parents as a young teenager.
I married into a village family and have one son, Roger. I have been involved with Winterslow Cricket Club on and off over the years. I became involved as a teenager when my late husband was a player, in those days as a member of the tea rota!
I have now retired from my 4 years as secretary so that I can now, just watch cricket!
As a member of the Parish Council I hope that all members of the community feel that they can approach me with any concerns they may have, that they feel, should be brought to the attention of the parish council.
There are many changes that are happening to local government and therefore, as a parish councillor I hope that the community will be inspired to advise the parish council of how they would like to see Winterslow progress for the future generations.
My wife, Dee, and I have lived in Winterslow for 11 years, so we are conscious that we are still relative “newcomers”. We have, however, often commented that we wish we had moved here a lot earlier.
We have a village with many positive benefits and a great community spirit. None of that is accidental or luck…...it all comes down to the people who live here in the end.
We have 5 adult children all with their own families totalling 11 grandchildren from 1 year to 23 years old. One daughter and her family have also lived in the village for 11 years with two children at our village school.
Before retiring in 2010 I worked in the IT and Defence industries, mostly in Customer Service roles.
I really enjoyed being a member of the Steering Group that produced our Parish Plan in 2010 and that led to me joining the Parish Council in 2013.
Parish Councils are facing rapidly changing challenges and but, more importantly, many new opportunities. This is an exciting and rewarding time to be a Councillor.
As a Councillor I have a particular interest in finance, planning and the management of Barry’s Fields.